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Make the most of Microsoft’s free quick tips video’s!

Are you a teacher using Windows 10 as your Operating System and you still haven’t quite got to grips with it? Or do you use Office 365 and need more of an insight on how to use it to its full extent? Well, Microsoft have created a set of videos showing teachers how they can full utilise their Windows 10 and Office 365.

Microsoft have included these videos onto their Microsoft Education website to show you how teachers are using these tools within their classroom. Take a look aty these 2-3 minute videos in order to get great tips and ticks that will engage your students, therefore enabling their productivity.



Some of the very best apps for Windows 10!

Windows 10 is the newest operating system to come from Microsoft. Windows 10 has been rolled out as a free download and is available to all those who currently use Windows 7, 8.0 and 8.1. To learn more about Windows 10 and its newest features take a look here.

However this free download will not last forever. Last week, we have briefly discussed that the free download of Windows 10 will soon become unavailable.

Today, we want to look at how to utilise Windows 10 to its fullest advantage through the very best Windows 10 apps. Here are some of Windows 10 very best free apps.

Dropbox (FREE)


This app has been optimised for touch devices within the update of windows 10. With Dropbox, you can take your videos, photos and documents anywhere you would like on any device. With Dropbox you have 2GB of free space on registration. Download Dropbox for Windows 10. Also, find out how to sync DropBox in Windows 10.

Fresh Paint (FREE)


Fresh Paint is a free app that enables you to create high quality paintings. A multitude of tools are available on the app such as pencils, pens, paints etc. You can even blend and mix different coloured paints in order to create your desired colour. This app is ideal for a touch screen device with a stylus. You can choose a quick dry option and the paint will be dried quickly and be ready to upload and share. Download Fresh paint for Windows 10.

OneNote (FREE)


OneNote is your digital notebook. You can create notes, ideas, lesson plans and more. You can use One Note as your personal organiser. OneNote can also be used for teamwork as you are able to share your notebooks with colleagues/friends/family. You can edit notes together. All noted are automatically saved. Download One Note for Windows 10.

Adobe Photoshop Express (FREE)


With Adobe Photoshop Express, you can have on-the-go editing. Download this app on your windows tablets and phones. You have access to basic editing tools such as remove red eye, flip image, crop, colour management etc. Additional editing packs are available if you sign in with an Adobe ID. Download Adobe Photoshop Express on Windows 10 and take your images to the next level.

Network Speed Test (FREE)


Network Speed Test measures your network connectivity, network delay, download speed and upload speed. This app will also tell you which activities you may be able to once it knows how strong your connectivity is. These activities include things such as streaming videos or video calls. You also can see any of your performance history. To start analysing your Network Speed connectivity download Network Speed Test for Windows 10.

Wunderlist (FREE)


Wunderlist is the ideas to-do list app.  You can make notes and lists on anything from a planned holiday to a grocery list. You can access this app from any of your devices. You can share your lists with your colleagues, family and friends. Other features include being able to attach PDFs and presentations along with setting reminders and categorising lists into folders. Organise your workload by downloading Wunderlist for free on Windows 10.



VLC is a media player that will play most multimedia files as well as network streaming protocols, discs and devices. VLC also supports subtitles, multi-track audio and speed control. VLC is capabale of being used without having to install any addictions codecs. Stream your favourite films by downloading VLC for Windows 10.





The free upgrade of windows 10 will soon be unavailable!

Windows 10 became available on the 29th of July, 2015. Since the release there has been over 200 million active devices running Windows 10. This is the first ever version of Windows that has been available with no price tag.

However, on the 29th of July 2016, Windows 10 will no longer be free and if you have not yet downloaded it, you will need to purchase it. The price has not yet been publicised, but it has been rumoured that it could be around $119.

Windows has been created by Microsoft and is an operating environment that provides and interface which is more known as an Graphical User Interface (GUI), for computers. Microsoft Windows has been around for many year and starts at version 1.0.  ZD Net have taken a look at the different versions of Windows throughout history.

Still not got Windows 10? Take a look here at the main features of Windows 10.

You can easily download Windows 10 here and you’re supplied with a step by step guide on the process.


SIMS Technical Cautions on Upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft launched Windows 10 on the 29th of July 2015. This is a free upgrade for users who currently operate Window 7  or 8.1.

Windows 10 has plenty of benefits which we have outlined in our blog –  Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?. However, it is still advised that you should think carefully before you upgrade. This means ensuring that you have backed up your data, and you have fully researched the operating system. Specifically, in regards to any SIMS workstations. This is because Capita has provided advice that it will not support Windows 10 until April 2016.

At the moment, Capita plans to support Windows 10 on 64-bit workstations only. So if you are to upgrade or replace PC’s and laptops, you will need to wait for clarity from Capita.

So our recommendation is to not upgrade to Windows 10 as of yet if you are a Capita SIMS user.

If you need any advice, you can contact Coretek!

0800 304 7444

Microsoft Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions Provider

Coretek Attains Microsoft Silver Cloud Partner Status

Coretek has attained Microsoft’s Silver Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency.

This excellent news, shows Coretek’s dedication to it’s ongoing development and learning with Microsoft. Furthermore, this demonstrates our ability to meet our customers’ ever evolving needs in today’s business environment. This is a great achievement to attain as we, as a Microsoft partner, must successfully demonstrate our knowledge through certain examinations, along with obtaining references from our customers.

“By achieving a silver competency, organizations have proven their expertise in specific technology areas, placing them among the top 5 percent of Microsoft partners worldwide.When customers look for an IT partner to meet their business challenges, choosing a company that has attained Microsoft competencies is a smart move. These are highly qualified professionals with access to Microsoft technical support and product teams.”

— Phil Sorgen, Corporate Vice President, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp.

Earning the Microsoft Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions competency demonstrates partner expertise and commitment to delivering solutions tailored to small and midmarket customer requirements. Given the focus on adoption of cloud computing by SMB’s to drive their business operations, partners that invest in this competency are ready to address the rising customer demand for Microsoft cloud solutions based on Office 365, Windows 10, and Windows Server platforms.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

Office 2016

What is new in Office 2016?

As you may already know, Office 2016 is here. Office on Windows offers a new exciting set of features, with already over one million customers using it across Windows and Mac, within the preview or the download.

There are two versions of Office: the universal apps which are easier to use on mobile devices, and the desktop version that is best situated for a PC with a keyboard and mouse, but is also touch enabled. Due to the OneDrive cloud storage – you can pick up where you left off within the apps, when changing devices.

So we have taken a look at the top 5 features of Office 2016.

1. Collaboration/Team Work

Office 2016 introduces a new way for people to collaborate within Documents. Perfect for an office environment.

  • Firstly you can now do real-time co-authoring. This means that there needs to be no more sharing round of Documents. You can invite your co-workers into the Document and you can then see them live editing which is tagged with their names.
  • Skype for Business now allows you to IM, talk or video chat right into your documents. From Skype you can now start a real-time co-authoring session straight form any conversation or meeting.
  • There now is Office 365 Groups. This means that you, as an individual, can create private or public teams. In each group you get a shared calendar, OneNote notebook, cloud storage for group files and a shared inbox.

2. Tell Me

  • In the centre top of the program title bar, sits a query box. This is called the ‘Tell Me Box’.
  • The use of this, is that you can type in how to do something in Office. You will then be given a list of commands, leaving you to choose what is best situated for your needs.

3. Smart Lookup

  • Smart lookup is a new feature to Office 2016 that integrates Bing into Office. Smart Lookup is a useful knowledge booster.
  • You highlight a word or phrase and then select the ‘smart lookup’ service.
  • This provides you with a bar on the right side, that gives you a definition, spelling, location and some contextual information on the word/phrase.

4. Microsoft Sway

  • Microsoft Sway was originally introduced as a standalone service, but has now been introduced through Office 2016.
  • Sway allows you to make media presentations, it has been called a renovated PowerPoint. Drag and drop videos and photos from YouTube, your computer and any social media platforms.
    This is a browser based app that is accessible through Office 365.

5. Power Query

  • The Power Query tool allows you to import into Excel data from public data sources. You can connect to many data sources such as Wikipedia, Facebook etc.
  • When you refresh the document, this will also automatically refresh the imported data in correspondence to what that data would be online. So it is constantly synced.

Office 2016 works very well with Windows 10. All of the Office 2016 apps work perfectly within Windows 10 on the PC and mobile devices. A feature of Windows 10 called ‘Windows Hello’ will log you into Windows 10 and Office 365 all at once. Don’t know about Windows 10? Check out our blog on Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?.

So now you know what Office 2016 will deliver for you. But how do you get it?

Consumers or Home Users

– Visit the Microsoft store to purchase.
Choose the right package for you, but don’t forget to back up your files before any installation/download.

Businesses or Schools

– Get in touch with us to discuss pricing options for volume licensing.

If you are not yet sure, you can try a preview for one month, to see if Office 2016 is right for you.
Click on the banner below to try out Office Business Premium for 1 month for up to 25 users.


Hybrid laptop with Windows 10

Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Windows 10 could potentially be Microsoft’s best operating system yet! If you’re using Windows 8.1, then it’s a no brainer to update. However, there is no need to rush into it.  There is so much to see in Windows 10, but bear in mind that the OS is still in its infancy and is being continually updated. We recommend you carry out a few checks before hitting that ‘upgrade’ button, which we will cover later on in this article.

A lot of people are looking at the prospect of Windows 10 vs Windows 8.1. So we decided to outline the key changes and features in that are said to come with Windows 10.

1. Start Menu

Windows 10 now has brought back the start menu. This start menu brings together the Windows 7 classic start menu, then to the right of that is the Windows 8 start screen. You can alter the tiles on the menu, create folders and more.


2. Cortana

Cortana is a personal assistant. Cortana gets to know you and helps you get things done. Cortana is also very good for reminders. Cortana will appear in your start bar and you can type things or speak to her. You can also pin her to your task bar for easy access.


3. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft have decided to create a web browser of their own. It is a faster and more streamlined browser. One of the main new features that Microsoft Edge brings, is the ability to annotate/draw on your web page. Another is that Cortana integrates with this web browser.


4. Snap Enhancements

When using Windows 10, you can now view up to 4 apps all at once, on the same screen. This has been introduced as ‘Snap Assist’. This features helps you to be more productive on your desktop.


5. Multiple Desktops

The use of multiple desktops means that you can have a series of desktops with different apps being used on each individual one. So you could have one with your work, and one with your games. So you can freely swap between the two easily.


6. Xbox app and streaming

For those who are gamers, Windows 10 will come with the Xbox app. Which has the features like recording game play, competing against console players and streaming games from your Xbox to your Windows 10 PC.

7. Continuum

This new feature is good for those who have 2-in-1 (i.e. Hybrid) devices such as the Surface Pro 3. If the keyboard becomes detached, or if the screen flips around, then the user will see a pop up asking to go into tablet mode. This then means that the apps that were previously being used in desktop mode, now take up the whole area of the screen.

8. Windows Hello

Windows hello aims to eliminate password through use of fingerprint reader and face or iris reader. This is a way to ensure that consumers do not have to remember a whole range of passwords.

If you’re a Windows 7 or 8.1 user, Windows 10 is in fact free for you! You also have a whole year to update, ending on the 29th of July 2016.

So you therefore have plenty of time to back up your data, make sure your applications will work and to check that Windows 10 drivers have been released for your computer. Doing this will ensure that the upgrade goes as smoothly as possible. If you’re sceptical, try it out in a local Microsoft store, or ask any friends who have it.